Mattie Miracle 8th Annual Walk & Family Festival was an $88,000 Success!!!

Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation Promotional Video

Thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive!

Dear Mattie Blog Readers,

It means a great deal to us that you take the time to write to us and to share your thoughts, feelings, and reflections on Mattie's battle and death. Your messages are very meaningful to us and help support us through very challenging times. To you we are forever grateful. As my readers know, I promised to write the blog for a year after Mattie's death, which would mean that I could technically stop writing on September 9, 2010. However, at the moment, I feel like our journey with grief still needs to be processed and fortunately I have a willing support network still committed to reading. Therefore, the blog continues on. If I should find the need to stop writing, I assure you I will give you advanced notice. In the mean time, thank you for reading, thank you for having the courage to share this journey with us, and most importantly thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive.

As Mattie would say, Ooga Booga (meaning, I LOVE YOU)! Vicki and Peter

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation celebrates its 7th anniversary!

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation was created in the honor of Mattie.

We are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. We are dedicated to increasing childhood cancer awareness, education, advocacy, research and psychosocial support services to children, their families and medical personnel. Children and their families will be supported throughout the cancer treatment journey, to ensure access to quality psychosocial and mental health care, and to enable children to cope with cancer so they can lead happy and productive lives. Please visit the website at: and take some time to explore the site.

We have only gotten this far because of people like yourself, who have supported us through thick and thin. So thank you for your continued support and caring, and remember:

.... Let's Make the Miracle Happen and Stomp Out Childhood Cancer!

A Remembrance Video of Mattie

Random Shots of Mattie, Family and Friends

July 12, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2007. We took Mattie to Pennsylvania to experience Dutch Country. While there, we came across a train museum. Mattie LOVED anything with wheels and locomotion. While walking around the museum, there was a TV monitor that captured you as you were walking by. Mattie loved seeing himself and Peter on TV. So naturally I had to snap a photo of the TV monitor! Who knows why I was so picture happy, but I was, and now I am grateful I captured the special moments as well as daily life with Mattie. 

Quote of the day: If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody. Chinese Proverb

This is a photo I downloaded from the internet. I did it to illustrate what I will be talking about in tonight's blog. For the past two days, I have had the chance occurrence to observe two people with a J shaped prosthetic. Like the prosthetic you see in this photo. I have seen these prosthetics before, typically at cancer events. However, I have never seen people in my everyday life with a prosthetic like this. Yesterday while I was in CVS, there were two teenagers in the store on line waiting to check out. As is typical with teenagers, they were chatty and partly goofy. For the most part I was only observing them from the waist up. However, as I was walking out of the store, I noticed the young girl in this duo had a J shaped prosthetic. 

Today while walking Sunny by the Potomac River, a young man was jogging passed us. Considering it was a broiling hot and humid day, his activity and speed caught my attention. Again, just like the young girl, what I initially observed in this fellow was from the waist up. Yet as he continued passed me, I looked down at his feet, and there was the J shaped prosthetic. 

The J shaped prosthetic is comprised of carbon fiber and it is considered a running foot, an ideal choice for runners. This type of foot is compressed by body weight and returns to its original shape as you push off of it. The result of this compression and decompression of the blade is that energy is released as you push off allowing you to run more efficiently by minimizing the amount of energy you need to expend.

Why am I mentioning this? Mainly because when seeing these individuals my first reaction was..... are they cancer survivors? Specifically an osteosarcoma survivor, the same disease that took Mattie's life. I wish I had the opportunity to talk to both of them. Clearly there are a host of other reasons why someone may need a prosthetic, but at the time, the only thing I could think of was osteosarcoma. This is how I see the world now as cancer and non-cancer. 

In both cases, no one else around me was looking at these individuals with the J shaped prosthetic. Which perplexed me. Mainly because when Mattie was battling cancer, we got NON-STOP looks from just about everyone in public! As if they feared they were going to contract some sort of contagion from Mattie. Regardless of how well functioning these individuals appear to be in public, I know that there is a psychosocial story behind their medical experiences and living life without a limb. 

Prior to Mattie getting cancer, I am not sure seeing these individuals would have intrigued me as much as it does now. I truly believe that seeing Mattie struggle with cancer, has enabled me to see beyond the exterior facade of people, such as the prosthetics. Instead my interest becomes trying to understand the psychological ramifications of having a disease or looking different as a result of treatment. 

The point is I have a feeling the majority of the world looks at the J shaped foot and says either.... wow isn't it incredible how this person uses this prosthetic, or how sad this person no longer has a leg. Neither of these things would cross my mind anyone, because ultimately I am more curious about the psychosocial impact, feelings, and thoughts that have arisen for these individuals because of their life's circumstances. 

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